Faculty Articles

Title

Oral health changes in the elderly: their relation to nutrition

ISBN or ISSN

0032-5481

Publication Title

Postgraduate Medicine

Volume

75

Issue

5

Publication Date / Copyright Date

4-1-1984

First Page

231

Last Page

237

Abstract

Poor oral health is not a result of normal aging, but rather reflects systemic disease, use of medications, inadequate nutrition, or lack of preventive dental care. The primary care physician usually sees elderly patients much more often than does the dentist and thus has an important role in maintenance of good oral health status. He or she thus should be familiar with normal orofacial anatomy and should routinely include a complete oral examination in the general physical examination. A patient with poor oral health should be referred to a dentist for necessary treatment and preventive care.

Disciplines

Dentistry

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